The Bridge Eco Arts Festival 

  

This was a 3 day regional festival which attracted 8 000 people. The aim was to celebrate the sustainable world that already exists, be a creative industry case study for exploring the link between ecology and art, and inspire creative citizen engagement. 

  

The Bridge festival used different forms of art: music, theater, poetry, movie, sculpture, painting and dance to evoke emotions of connection, wonder and beauty. These were ultimately the messages of ecological awareness we wanted to portray. The past 20 years of sustainability movement have taught us that information and knowledge sharing is not enough and that perhaps the emotions of guilt and fear are counterproductive for sustained behavior change.

Furthermore, the festival presented ecology as yet another form of art : an application of human creative skill and imagination. This is not a mainstream concept: the two disciplines – art and ecology (traditionally) belong to two different schools of thought – humanity and science.  With advancement of ecological literacy, we are starting to see relationships of interdependence and it is exactly those links that the Bridge Eco Art festival wished to celebrate.
  
The event was hosted by Trimetys group in 2015 and had Institute in charge of the Ecological department. Together with the team of 60 interns, we:

  • Established the sustainability framework for the event and coordinated it's implementation with other departments
  • Managed waste collection campaign from which majority of the site decor and structures were made
  • Designed and oversaw the installation of eco activities and structures. The Magic Water garden was a huge success.  
  • Promoted and supported NGO's and eco-socio enterprises in developing engaging communication tools. 
  • Trained 120 volunteers to assist all the departments and be stewards of the festival. 






  
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Festival - our classroom

  

All three trainings had the MQA recognisition and were run as apprentiships within Ecological deparment.
Throughout the last four months of festival's preparations we trained volunteers in:​ 

  

Actions for sustainable living
  
1.Dry compost toilet
2.Water harvesting
3.Phyto and micro remediation
4.Permaculture garden and nursery
5.Decentralised renewable energy
6.Green house design

  

Working with waste as a resource
  
1.Lifecycle story of materials
2.Perspectives on waste
3.Waste management systems and technology
4.Being part of the action/team
  


Monitoring events for their impact
  
1.Measuring what counts
2.Understanding framework
3.Data collection process and tools
  

Experiential learning was the main methodology, using 20/80 split for the way theory was thought (20% of it come in form of e-learning and group activities and 80% of theory was illustrated during action). Draft designs and plans were offered as the key learning material. When problems came up, we solved them together. 

 
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These interns, upon their graduation, became the part of the Nomad Co Op network. We are currently interviewing them to tell you how this Bridge training experience with us catalysed their dreams, inspiring them to start their own socio enterprises and initiatives.
Hitting high notes in low socio economic communities of Mauritius: Part 1

This project's objective was to develop local capacity to make affordable instruments from landfill waste,  develop cross-subject educational activity, and assist creation of community orchestra. Funded by Prince Clause Foundation, it was carried out between Nov 2014 and Feb 2016 in partnership with Foundation Spectacle et Culture, Belle Verte and Nomad Co Op. Phase 1 was a successful prototype and included:

  
  • Training of 10 apprentices, a mix of musicians and non musicians. It was great to see everyone learning from each other - losing their inhibitions about what music ought to sound like and with child like curiosity starting to learn about instruments, waste materials and tool use during workshops. 
  • Securing partnerships for small scale production line and testing  the production process, accounting for all possible ways to make it more efficient and thus commercially viable. 
  • Outsourcing paid work to organisations working towards innovative and sustainable business practices, services and products
  • Conducting initial market research 
  • Designing educational tool for physics, math and acoustics based on analysis of the production process 

Nomad Co Op

Nomad Co Op's aim is to grow culture of sustainability by building a network of professionals with passion for teaching, who while roaming the world engage and enhance local ecosystems, together creating communities with skills and knowledge needed for a sustainable, thriving and resilient future. 

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Currently, the network is focused on providing engaging events, multi knowledge/skill workshops and consulting services.  

​Nomad Co Op is a brand emerging from a 12 years research and development effort. Current implementation phase is allowing us to experiment with different ways of combining formal, informal and non formal teaching methods for designing flexible and unique learning experiences. 

​Long term goal is establishment of 'Knowledge Network of Free Minds' . Free mind individuals would use the knowledge network to build their own life long learning experiences, giving into ones curiosity, finding passion and a pathway to enjoying life in general. Teachers looking for a student to take over their craft, improving it over the generations to come, would also benefits from the network. Currently, Nomad Co Op is incubating in Bon Pasteur Institute, a host that allows unlikely ideas to mature and translate into reality. 
'Pass it forward. Pass it back' program  
This program challenges our institute members to get involved with initiatives organised and led by youth and go beyond being just a speaker, sponsor or resource person.

It is about developing relationships with individual leaders (sometimes just plain friendships, other times one on one coaching) as to create the space in which there is trust and respect. It is in this place that we can all personally continute to grow, becoming better and better at communicating and working with others towards the common goal. 

Essentially, we wish to pay forward the great gift of mentorship and cross-generational friendships we ourselves were lucky enough to enjoy and in turn get constant reality checks ourselves. 






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African Food Culture Show
In November 2016, the Institute du Bon Pasteur put together an itiniery for a journalist working on a tv-series on african food culture produced by the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation. The series will be in six episodes and aired in all Scandinavia.

IBP organised the presence of two personalities that contribute a lot to thrieving Mauritian food culture, known for their knowledge in history of flavours based in fusion.  We will keep you guessing who these chefs are until  the episodes get published in April 2017.  



 
Lab of Plant Neurobiology research trip
For now we will let pictures do the talking. More information coming soon. 
 ARC GIS & Citizen Science
ARC GIS is a technology that enables higher resolution mapping of an area, which allows to produce accurate geographic data.

In this project, we wish to encourage people to map out what is happening around them in regard to pollution. On an interactive google map, one can flag sources of pollution or diseases observed in the landscape. These informations are crucial in finding context-based solutions regarding community and public health, as each situation is unique and recquire tailor-made solutions.

You also can help us gather informations using the map below - did you observe any pollution in your surroundings lately ?

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 Environmental XClinic
Inspired by its partner, the environmental XClinic, IBP has implemented different geomedical interventions in Mauritius. One of these interventions was the geomedical intervention at Chamarel Waterfall in October 2017; where, with the help of the Institute, private societies, volunteers and police forces came together to get more than 800kg of waste out of a ravine thanks to a telepheric system.

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See also : The Bridge festival - where the creation of a garden increased biodiversity and helped with water re-direction and purification, as water from a construction site just behind the garden would have otherwise gone straight in the nearby river.

 Porlwi By Nature
In 2017,Institute Bon Pasteur participated to the 3rd edition of Porlwi - the mauritian festival of contemporary culture-, named ‘Porlwi by Nature’. Zoe Rozar, founder of IBP, was part of the artistic committee of the festival, and IBP helped nature to temporarily inhabit the city, as a testament of what could be possible if only we allowed more green spaces in our urban areas.

More than 2500 plants, including many native species, were installed, maintained and protected in the city centre for the festival duration.
The festival security sported the ‘ We protect plants too’ tagline as a statement of plants inherent value as fundamental allies to human survival, and went through a few comical moments making sure no plants went missing.

IBP was happy to work alongside Rhizome, who since the start of the festival is commited to bettering each year the festival waste strategy. The 2017 edition achieved to be free from food waste thanks to the biobin ! Our hope is to find a solution to plastic and packaging waste for the future.


Belle Verte community interest company
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Belle Verte is the first Mauritian socio-enterprise to receive SEED Africa award. IBP has been there from its very start. Belle Verte's long term vision is to close the waste loop of this country, immediate (and thus current) actions of which are (1) waste management strategies (2) clean up and waste separation services, (3) material storing and distribution. 

IBP worked with BVL on: 

* the upskilling and training of employees (as was done during the 'Breaking through reality with music' project)
* business development advisory including ongoing research, troubleshooting and monitoring. 
*integrating eco-literacy programs into clean up and land restoration services.


BelleVerte was a great experience discovering the mauritian landscape of waste management. After 4 years, IBP would rather coach companies into becoming zero waste and responsbile for their waste through simple and agile methods*. IBP has hence discontinued partnership with Belle verte Ltee.

 *For more information, please contact dynamia.mu .
BAZ Recup'

BAZ Recup' aims to build objects and furnitures with material that would otherwise be discarded, hence keeping these materials from the landfill and providing to the local market eco-friendly alternatives to mass-produced goods. The institute assists BazRecup in its thinking and troubleshooting.